Decision Maker: Executive Member for Education and Skills, including early years, schools, apprenticeships, FE colleges & UTC`s, and engagement with the skills agenda of the LEP
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To seek approval to begin a public
consultation on a proposal to amalgamate Grove Road and Woodfield
Community Primary Schools. This would create a single primary
school operating on both school sites, through the technical
closure of Woodfield Community Primary School as a separate entity,
and the enlargement of premises and expansion onto an additional
site of Grove Road Community Primary School.
To approve public consultation on proposals to
amalgamate Grove Road Community Primary School and Woodfield
Community Primary School in Harrogate from 1 September 2022. This
would create a single primary school operating on both school sites
through the technical closure of Woodfield Community Primary School
as a separate entity, and the enlargement of premises and expansion
onto the Woodfield site of Grove Road Community Primary
Grove Road Community Primary School serves
much of High Harrogate. The school is currently operating at
capacity. Woodfield Community Primary School serves Woodfield and
parts of the Bilton area of Harrogate. The school has been
under-subscribed for a number of years.
Grove Road Community Primary School was last inspected by Ofsted in June 2018 through a short inspection, which judged the school to continue to be good. Woodfield Community Primary School was inspected by Ofsted in January 2020, who found the overall effectiveness to be inadequate and the school became subject to special measures. Any maintained school that is judged inadequate by Ofsted is required to become a sponsored academy. If an academy sponsor cannot be found, a school judged inadequate usually has to close. Woodfield school was issued with a Directive Academy Order in June 2020 but the Regional Schools Commissioner has been unable to secure an Academy Trust to sponsor Woodfield school due to viability concerns.
Work began earlier this year to assess how education provision within the Woodfield community could be preserved. The current proposals for amalgamation have been developed by members of the school governing bodies and LA officers. The two governing bodies carefully considered the proposals before autumn half term, and both agreed to ask the County Council to start a consultation. Both Governing Bodies see this as an exciting opportunity to enhance the facilities of Grove Road School, organising sustainable education across both sites aiming for the best possible provision for all pupils, and importantly ensuring that the Woodfield site continues to be used for education of the wider community.
Publication date: 23/11/2021
Date of decision: 23/11/2021
Effective from: 02/12/2021